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August 31st, 2013, 01:51 PM
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State Threatens To Seize Infant Who was Fed Goat

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August 31st, 2013, 02:58 PM
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This appears to be an extremely biased article. I am not sure I understand the full story. However, infants have died in the care of parents who are following strange feeding practices, and IMO there needs to be some kind of structure for parents to get reported for that and the children saved before it is too late, we live in a society with laws, parents do not have the right to abuse their children or purposefully deprive them of nourishment. Like those Christian Scientist parents whose kids die of easily preventable conditions because the parents don't believe in medicine and just try to pray it away.

I will also say that I find the anti-GMO bent of this story to be preposterous. There is zero evidence that GMOs in infant formula are harmful and many many thriving children as evidence that it is very safe. This entire website appears to be full of misinformation and overblown headlines. So I would be very skeptical of anything this article says. Following the link trail, here is the original story. The child was NOT taken away, they just did a bunch of followup investigation to make sure he was being properly cared for.

Mother in trouble with state over homemade goat's milk formula - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports
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August 31st, 2013, 03:53 PM
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While I believe it is a parent's right to choose what to feed their child, I don't know enough about 'homemade formula' to gauge whether it was safe/nutritious or not... Maybe the child wasn't meeting milestones, or there were other issues at play. Just because something isn't "bad for you" doesn't mean it's good either. A parent can 'choose' to only feed their infant apple juice, or only feed their children fast food and junk... we all know that this isn't going to lead to a healthy child and more and more you are hearing about parents actually being charged with abuse to their morbidly obese kids, because they refuse to curb their diet. This kind of thing potentially could be linked to cases like that... however there isn't enough information to know what really is going on.

I don't see anywhere that she was accused of being a criminal by any authority, and there are no charges pending... so no, she did not commit a crime. I honestly have a sneaking suspicion that maybe there were other factors at play, warranting things like home visits and hospital stays. The story does seem one sided, so it's really hard to say.
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August 31st, 2013, 10:08 PM
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I absolutely agree that just because something is not bad for you does not mean it's good for you either. I also believe that a Mother can feed her child what she thinks is best, I mean, I BF Drake for as long as I could until we found out he was lactose and NOTHING worked no matter how I changed my diet BUT I do not think I would resort to an animals milk. If I REALLY wanted breast milk I would maybe get donor milk. I always think there is more to the story then what is being told publicly.
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September 1st, 2013, 09:07 PM
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I recently learned about goats milk from someone who had babies back when goats milk was an acceptable substitute. Apparently it is perfectly fine, other than missing one major nutrient- b12. So, assuming she did her research properly, I think she's fine. It sounds like she supplemented it so she may have accounted for the lack.
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September 1st, 2013, 09:48 PM
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Here is a medical article about goat milk formula. Straight up goats milk can actually be harmful for many babies, especially young ones under 6 months.

Fresh Goat's Milk for Infants: Myths and Realities

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CONCLUSIONS:
An exclusive, unmodified goat's milk diet can cause significant morbidity and even mortality in infants, including electrolyte imbalances, metabolic acidosis, folate deficiency, and species-specific and nonspecific antigenicity. Unpasteurized goat milk has its additional infectious risks. However, information supporting this practice abounds on the Internet and in specific cultures. Our case report and literature review support the need to strongly advocate against this practice.
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